Chapter 6. Memory Management

Table of Contents
6.1. What is virtual memory?
6.2. Creating a swap space
6.3. Using a swap space
6.4. Sharing swap spaces with other operating systems
6.5. Allocating swap space
6.6. The buffer cache

"Minnet, jag har tappat mitt minne, är jag svensk eller finne, kommer inte ihåg..." (Bosse Österberg)

A Swedish drinking song, (rough) translation: ``Memory, I have lost my memory. Am I Swedish or Finnish? I can't remember''

This section describes the Linux memory management features, i.e., virtual memory and the disk buffer cache. The purpose and workings and the things the system administrator needs to take into consideration are described.